Sunday, December 15, 2013

Sunday Scraps --- More Crocheted Circular Mats


I sold the one on the left and I am making the one on the right larger.  It will be listed for sale too.



At this point, it measures about 17 1/2 inches.


This is the one I sold. It measured 14 inches across.


I shipped it out on Friday.



I cut or tear the strips. It doesn't matter. The smaller mat, the strips were about 3/4 inch wide. The larger mat, the strips were almost an inch wide.



I tie a square knot to hold the strips together.


Sharing a photo of the completed larger mat - 19 inches.



Here is an up close photo of the crocheting.





Love the corning ware on the mat!  



This morning I baked a Banana Bundt Cake and placed it on my new quilt plate and the mat.



I still love the snow photos the best. I will have to take a photo of the larger one tomorrow.


Enjoy!
Marcia

Monday, December 9, 2013

My Imaginary Snow Day and Sunday Scraps

What do you do on a Snow Day?

I work at home, so I never get a Snow Day.
Sometimes I pretend it is a Snow Day and I bake Mini Banana Muffins in the morning and then I go to work.



Since it snowed, I took photos in the snow!





It is a perfect morning snack for me. Cheese, apples, and mini muffins.


I made Banana Strawberry Chocolate Chip  Muffins. I found the recipe at Food.com.  I substituted strawberry yogurt.



I made a few mini muffins and the rest went into a loaf pan. That way, I could get done faster and get back to work.




I made the round crocheted place mat from cotton scrap strips.
I tore 3/4" strips of fabric. I tied the strips together with a knot.
Using a size K metal crochet hook, I started with a circle of single crochets in the center. 

I worked my way around increasing a single crochet every so often. That way it will not curl up. 


I made the crocheted place mat on Sunday for "Sunday Scraps" and the muffins on Monday for my "Imaginary Snow Day" --- Well it did snow!

Enjoy!

Marcia


Saturday, November 30, 2013

Small Business Saturday Sale!

Saturday and Sunday, Nov. 30th and Dec. 1st, I am offering my Extra Wide Fabric at a Sale Price.



108" Wide Holiday Vineyard --- Red
Reg.Price is $14.00

SALE:  $10.20 per yard
Plus shipping.

A yard measures 36" X 108" 

In order to get the "Sale Pricing" you must order directly through an email to me (not through the website).

Email me at Marcia@craftysewing.com

State the color and how many yards you would like at the sale price.  Then I will email you a paypal invoice that you can pay with your paypal account or a credit card.  It will include shipping. I can mail 3 yards of the Extra Wide Fabric in a Flat Rate Envelope for only $5.95 in the US! Check prices for Flat Rate Envelopes at USPS for other countries.



108" Wide Razzle Dazzle --- Natural
Reg.Price is $14.00

SALE:  $10.20 per yard
Plus shipping.

A yard measures 36" X 108" 

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108" Wide Vineyard --- Cream
Reg.Price is $14.00

SALE:  $10.20 per yard
Plus shipping.

A yard measures 36" X 108" 

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108" Wide Floral Cream on Cream Print
Reg.Price is $14.00

SALE:  $10.20 per yard
Plus shipping.

A yard measures 36" X 108" 

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108" Wide Floral White on White Print
Reg.Price is $14.00

SALE:  $10.20 per yard
Plus shipping.

A yard measures 36" X 108" 

You can find other Extra Wide Fabrics on my website.  Email me for the Sale Pricing.

www.craftysewing.com

Florals ---Reg. $14.00 ---- Sale $10.20
Quilter's Blenders ---- Reg. $12.50 ---- Sale $9.00
Muslin cream and white -- not included in the sale.

In order to get the "Sale Pricing" you must order directly through an email to me (not through the website). But you can go look at all the Extra Wide Fabrics and then email me.

Email me at Marcia@craftysewing.com

State the color and how many yards you would like at the sale price.  Then I will email you a paypal invoice that you can pay with your paypal account or a credit card.  It will include shipping. I can mail 3 yards of the Extra Wide Fabric in a Flat Rate Envelope for only $5.95! 

Small Business Saturday Pricing Good for Saturday and Sunday -- Nov. 30th and Dec. 1st. 

Limited to Supplies in stock.

Enjoy your day!

Marcia

Wednesday, November 20, 2013

I Am Celebrating More of My Quilting in a Published Book!

If you have been following me since 2009, you will remember the Don't Fence Me In Quilt. I quilted it for Linda Halpin. www.lindahalpin.com 


She created this quilt as a "Bonus Quilt" made from cutaways from another quilt.  


I quilted it with vines, leaves and swirls. On the fence, I quilted a wiggle line and a little leaf with a swirl.


I quilted wiggle lines in the borders following the stripes.


Quiltmaker Magazine published her quilt patterns in the May/June issue in 2009.




This was the cover of the magazine.

Recently, Quiltmaker Magazine published Linda's quilt patterns in a book titled "Devoted to Scraps".

Congratulations Linda!  It's a beautiful quilt.


Here's a peek inside the book.


I am so pleased to have my quilting and my name in a published quilting book.  

Thanks again Linda for choosing me to quilt your quilt.




Love the title of the quilt book!


Here is the link to Quiltmaker Magazine.

Here is the link to Linda Halpin's Website.
www.lindahalpin.com

Linda and I, both sell photo note cards with the photo of the Don't Fence Me In Quilt. Split Rail Fence Photo Note Cards


Celebrate!
     Sew, Quilt,
           and Enjoy!
             Marcia



Monday, November 18, 2013

Getting Up Close to My Quilting - Two Color Ribbon Quilting




 I quilted this quilt with large two color Ribbon Quilting with a five petal whimsical flower in the center of the blocks. 


The whimsical flowers have swirls in each petal.


The two thread colors are brown and a medium blue. 


Many of my customers have me quilt their name and the year in the corner of their quilt.




Debbie selected a washable wool batting.  It gives the quilt a little bit of loft.


My Getting Up Close to My Quilting Posts are for sharing my quilting --- Up Close.  Sometimes I have quilt pattern information and sometimes I don't.   This time I do. Debbie called the quilt "Lady of the Lake" and it is Jason Yenter Fabrics.  I Googled it and found the quilt pattern in the book named Quilts of Camelot.


 Enjoy!
Marcia

Saturday, November 16, 2013

Charming Baby Toys - Free Pattern


These colorful stuffed toys were made from 5 inch charm squares.

You need 2 charm squares of each color.



Place them pretty sides together.



Stitch 1/4 inch seam allowance all the way around leaving an opening of about 2 inches.  Stitch twice.



Clip the corners off, close to the stitching on each corner.



Turn right side out.



Poke each corner out from the inside.



Stuff with whatever you think is best for your baby toys.  I selected poly batting that I cut up into little squares.


Hand or machine stitch the opening closed. I hand stitched them closed.


  
The finished square toy measures about 4 1/2".



I lined them up like a color wheel with the primary colors in the center - Red, Yellow and Blue. Then I placed the secondary colors around them - Orange, Purple, and Green.



Lined them up in rows.



Then in a pile! I had fun playing with them.  I hope my grandson loves them too.

I also cut out some toys from some novelty fabrics I had. I stitched them the same way.  But no corners - all rounded edges. 



I love the blue butterfly. That represents me - Grandmama.



I decided I needed a fish to represent Grandpapa, because he loves to fish. 



and I needed a cow and pig for Wisconsin's farms.





Then I threw them all together in one pile.



I have to say, I had fun making them too!

Grab your fabrics and make some "Charming Baby Toys"!

You can purchase a PDF Downloadable Pattern in my Craftsy Store for only $1.00. "Charming Baby Soft Toys" You can save it on your computer or print it out. 

Enjoy!
Marcia